I can't believe that the book from Norman Vincent Peale - The Power of Positive Thinking was released for the first time in 1952 and it arrived to me in 2004 and taught me so much about life!
This book should be included in curriculum for all schools in the world! I am not religious and never have been. Actually, in my "dark" times I hated churches, Christians and all religion thing. Then I grew up and let go of hatred, anger and blindness toward people and their actions.
I learned from this book that if you are determined, persistent and focused to achieve your dream, you can do it. It can be anything. Anything is possible.
I have to say, that I didn't really like all parts of this book, as it is full of psalms, gospels and Bible quotations, yet the power and enthusiasm with which Norman Vincent Peale is revealing us the secret of positive thinking, is contagious and you learn from it enormously even though you're not Christian. The book is about faith, but not necessarily faith in God or Alah, it is about faith in yourself, your higher power or the Universe.
It gives you strength and motivation, if you have a bad day, just start reading and you'll see how much power it has and how good you feel after soaking up some positive thoughts from an incredible genius Norman Vincent Peale.
This book will teach you how to go through life successfully. Your fails overpower you, only if you want... Intention of the book is simple. It is a practical, direct instruction manual how to improve yourself for the better.
The world is too fast and hectic where people lose their faith and think about unimportant things. We forgot to live in a silence, because, as Thomas Carlyle said: "Silence is the element in which great things are born." People today have lost what once our ancestors knew so intimately and what helped to shape their characters - silence of deep forests and the power of nature. I have this book in Slovak language and didn't read the original yet, but it is one of my all-time favorites.
Raised as a Methodist, Norman Vincent Peale changed his religious affiliation to the Reformed Church in America in 1932 and began a 52-year tenure as pastor of Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. During that time the church's membership grew from 600 to over 5000, and he became one of New York City's most famous preachers. Peale started a radio program, "The Art of Living," in 1935, which lasted for 54 years. He moved into television when the new medium arrived. In the meantime he had begun to edit the magazine Guideposts and to write books. Peale was politically and personally close to President Richard Nixon's family.
He was also the subject of the 1964 film One Man's Way. President Ronald Reagan awarded Peale, for his contributions to the field of theology, the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the highest civilian honor in the United States) in 1984. Norman Vincent Peale died of stroke on December 24, 1993 at age 95 in New York.
The Reverend Billy Graham said that "I don't know of anyone who had done more for the kingdom of God than Norman and Ruth Peale or have meant any more in my life for the encouragement they have given me."
Some of his books: